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Muji tag tools - ultra-light.

Do you have Muji in the States? Has anyone used their 'tag tools'? I've just bought the tiniest ever alarm clock and am looking at the rest of the range. They have a magnifying-glass (for looking at details on maps, though I'll probably stick with the even lighter mini magnifying sheet from Helix that I already have), tape measure, LED light, pedometer - even a tiny compass that I saw in one advert, but was not in my local store.

I'll report back on the alarm clock. Was wondering how loud and also how durable it is.

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cgichard,
I went online and found Muji. But it looks like they only sell household organizer/storage type items on the us website. I did a search for magnifying glass and flashlight, but came up with nothing. Maybe I was on the wrong site. Just thought I give you some feedback.
Lori

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That's a pity, Lori. As it's so light, I almost feel like offering to send you one from Australia, but being electronic that might not be so easy. The battery that comes with it is a standard flat CR2032. Anyway I'll test it on this trip. For magnifying, the 3 1/4" square 3 x magnification sheet I found at an office stationery shop must be even lighter than the Muji one would be.

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I think I need to point out that an iPhone has the alarm, magnifying screen, compass, and LED light. I have a "tools" app with range finder, ruler, level, etc. The accelerometer on the phone acts as a pedometer.
No need to bring the extra weight if you already have these features on your phone.

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There are a bunch of Muji's in the northeast, California, and Toronto. It's like a Japanese version of the Container Store that also sells clothing. It's a great store with a lot of travel accessories. Unfortunately they don't appear on their website for some reason, except for their own line of luggage. They have an amazing lightweight neck pouch made of parachute type fabric with a unique design that folds let it fold in half. It's a lot more functional that the traditional style that other companies sell. They also have a huge assortment of super comfy travel pillows. It's worth going out of your way to visit one of their stores.

https://youtu.be/osLK-UHnPnw

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Cindy, I don't normally use a mobile phone in my home country, but I do have an old Android "smart phone" that I take for emergency use when travelling overseas. I don't know how many of those features it has - perhaps the alarm clock, but if the only place to charge it overnight is in the bathroom, I wouldn't hear the alarm from there. Can't imagine how the magnifying screen would work for folded maps out on the trail. In any case, I don't want to be spending time fiddling with unfamiliar technology when on holiday.

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@cgirichard - travel is no time to learn technology!

I use my smart phone all the time in regular life so am familiar with the features. My phone has replaced so many heavy items - paperwork, books, alarm, etc.

The magnifying feature is new with the last IOS but I really like it. It uses the camera to magnify what it sees and it is adjustable. You can turn on the flashlight feature too to read menus in darkened restaurants.